Final answer?New 3 Aug 2021Final answer? QuizMaster helped to keep me sane throughout COVID lockdown.It took me 6 full weeks to write, and I then worked on it for many months, creating new sets of pop and rock music questions - 10 new questions each day, each with 4 possible answers; precisely edited MP3 clips from Lemonrock bands for the audio questions; not too difficult, not too easy. A little added extra spice to dreary, desperate days that we all experienced.It brought a spark of joy and a sense of normality to many people's lives for over a year. The last game was at 7.30pm on 30th June 2021.Thank you to the 500+ Lemonrock members who played it live or offline, and to all the players who wrote to me to offer their suggestions, help and thanks.Although QuizMaster has now disappeared from Lemonrock's menu, you can still play previous games at https://www.lemonrock.com/quizmaster.phpMac, Ken Bruce impersonator 😊
A spike in cases (good news!)27 Jul 2021A spike in cases (good news!) I was actually shocked and delighted to see how many new gigs have been posted on Lemonrock today; the second Monday after major UK Covid restrictions were lifted.Whilst I don't expect a sudden massive change in behaviour amongst live music fans everywhere, I have already observed a new willingness from my friends to resume their previous patterns of going out to live music venues to enjoy all that's wonderful about seeing bands play.Let"s hope (and/or pray, if that is what you prefer) that this big spike in posted gigs will help us all to enjoy more live music in the coming weeks and months...___Mac, proud to know so many amazing people in the music business... 😊
Spaced out20 Jul 2021Spaced out As huge parts of our precious planet are submerged in floods, while other parts are ablaze, and there isn't enough money or manpower to prevent the far-reaching consequential damage... as millions of people worldwide suffer, and thousands die, we can all breathe a sigh of relief that Mr. Amazon, the world's richest man, has spent a small fortune on 3 minutes of mind-blowing weightlessness.I'm so happy for him.Now all we need is a cure for sarcasm, and our world will be perfect.Mr. Lemonrockpic: Gilbert Shelton
Chalk and Cheese8 Jul 2021Chalk and Cheese My grandfather had a twin brother. My Gran used to tell me about the two of them, how they were so different, yet born only a few minutes apart.One was thin, artistic, talkative. His twin was sporty and romantic; a free spirit.One went to Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) to become a farmer. The other stayed in the UK and had a successful career as an engineer. Sometimes my Grandpa's brother would come a-visiting, and all was well; I'm sure my Gran never had eyes for anyone else, and perhaps my great-uncle wouldn't have been a great match anyway, with his posh ways, handlebar moustache and (unfortunately) rather dismissive attitude.So, what does all this have to do with live music?People go out for lots of reasons, for we are a sociable race.But there are serious differences in behaviour when it comes to music and football.At music gigs, I've seen the odd scuffle, face-off, or unpleasant word spoken.Give me music gigs any time, over the disgraceful display of antisocial behaviour exhibited by so-called educated men at public TV-screened events.At music gigs, we respect each other and each other's space. We say sorry if we bump into each other. We're genuinely pleased to be in each other's company.At football "gigs" (I hesitate to share the word, but there are similarities), people shout, people trash the furniture, people disregard the COVID safety instructions, people throw beer over other unwitting people, and people are - I hate to generalise, but I am just reporting what I have seen - selfish, stupid and deeply antisocial in their pursuit of their own enjoyment.I know I'm not alone. Friends feel the same. Sport has earned itself an ugly reputation. It gives refuge to anti-social, violent types. Live music may look like sport from a distance, but it is chalk, not cheese.Mac, all chalk
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